Gabiet Refuge (2365m), trail 5B
from Punta Jolanda to Rifugio Gabiet
Trail 5B starts from Punta Jolanda (2230m) and arrives at Rifugio Gabiet (2365m). It is 2646m long and the total positive elevation gain is 146m.
The approximate time for the ascent is 0h49. The trail is rated of difficulty E.
Trail-walk, practically horizontal, devoid of any hiking interest. It is a perfect hike for families with children, who will be able in no time to move from the arrival of the Punta Jolanda chairlift to the Gabiet hut (overnight stay is possible), which with its characteristic red and white shutters is located just a few meters from the secondary dam of Lake Gabiet.
Lake Gabiet is a natural lake that was closed by a dam in 1921 to feed the Gressoney hydroelectric plant. Today it is a popular destination especially for families because of the wide grassy bank along the northwest side (which allows for safe summer picnics) and also because of thewide availability of refuges in the area: the Gabiet See Refreshment Bar, the aforementioned Gabiet Refuge, Albergo Del Ponte (where it is possible to stay overnight) and Adler’s Nest. Following trail 6B it is possible to reach in about an hour’s walk another hut with overnight accommodations, the Orestes Hutte (exclusively vegan cuisine).
Trail 5 also reaches Lake Gabiet, but starts from Gressoney-La-Trinité. Upon reaching Punta Jolanda, Trail 5 points to the right and reaches the Gabiet Lake dam, contouring the lake on the right until reaching the hut.